Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

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Credit: HANS-ULRICH OSTERWALDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Osteoporosis. Conceptual computer artwork depicting spinal damage caused to a the spine of a female due to osteoporosis. This is a condition where loss of bone calcium causes a reduction in the bone density. It is most common in women after the menopause because they no longer produce the hormone oestrogen that helps to retain bone mass. Consequently the bone becomes brittle and liable to fracture easily under trauma, for example a fall. The loss of height and kyphosis occur due to the spinal bones (vertebrae) collapsing as they weaken due to the osteoporotic loss of bone mass). A diet rich in calcium and vitamin C, and regular weight-bearing exercise can help to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

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